The 2015 Johnson MS Bike Tour begins tomorrow at the Ritchie Brothers auction in Leduc/Nisku. The route tomorrow is the same route I ran three weeks ago for the Really Long Run to End MS. I am looking forward to biking it; you can coast on a bike. However, after three hours on a bike seat, I may be wishing that I ran instead. The weather (screen capture above from the weather network) isn’t supposed to be very nice. This will be my fourth bike tour and I really only remember nice weather on both days for one of them, so I’m not the least bit phased (or surprised). After running for 12 hours in temperatures which reached 27 degrees celsius, I don’t think I am going to mind.
The money I raised from the Really Long Run ($23,000) was put towards my Bike Tour Team, “The Battered Piles.” As a team we have collectively raised $43,235 for the MS Society! We have 19 members this year, which I think may be our biggest team ever, though I’d have to ask Paul Carter (our team Captain) as he has been doing the tour far longer than me.
I also won’t be the only MSer on the Battered Piles this year. My new buddy Dave, of TheOilersRig.com and @RustyKnucker (on Twitter) fame, we’ll be joining for his first ever Johnson MS Bike Tour. He did an amazing job fundraising with a personal total of $4,265! I’ve already warned him that the bike shorts only really help for the first hour or so (and coincidentally also reminded him that there is beer at the finish line).
Personally, I am really looking forward to tomorrow. I get to spend the entire two days with my wife (sans children) and it will be nice to see the route from a bicycle. Regardless of the weather, the event is always a really good time!
See you early tomorrow!